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  1. No room for complacency over Octopus cards

    Posted Jul 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It is hard to imagine getting around Hong Kong easily without an Octopus card, so it is a welcome sign that executives at the company have recently taken steps towards easing growing ... concerns. But that does not hide the fact that users of Octopus cards are increasingly faced with the option of a Faustian pact, where, in return for handing over personal and contact details, you ...

  2. DoCoMo eyes Octopus Card to extend reach

    Posted Jun 05th 2006, 12:00am by Georgina Lee

    ... mobile phone payment function to Hong Kong by partnering with Octopus Card. Octopus Card management has already had initial contact with DoCoMo and Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong as its chief ... are already used to using contactless smart cards. For Octopus, they [would have cost benefit from] producing less cards as such cost would be absorbed by us,' said Mr Natsuno. ...

  3. Motion for inquiry into Octopus data sale

    Posted Dec 31st 2010, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan Lawmaker James To Kun-sun proposed a Legislative Council motion to appoint a committee to inquire into Octopus Card's collection and transfer of customers' personal data to third parties for financial gains. The company reaped HK$44 million from selling the data of 1.97 million people. The panel would also examine the role of the MTR Corporation, ...

  4. Octopus extends its reach

    Posted Feb 28th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Award Winner Octopus Many know that feeling of panic when you board a bus and discover that you have no change to pay the bus fare. The introduction of the Octopus card in 1997 changed all ... facilities and schools. The cards have also been used for non-payment systems such as access control. About 95 per cent of Hong Kong people aged 16 to 65 have Octopus cards and more than 13 million ...

  5. iPhone's new tentacles

    Posted Feb 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Joyee Chan The Octopus card is set to end up attached to iPhones thanks to the company that makes the smart cards it has already combined with watches and key chains. The new sticker, which has been designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S models, blends communication, travel and shopping into one convenient package. To ensure the cards function properly, special technology helps ...

  6. Dood, that's one catchy iPhone app

    Posted May 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... popularity is that the noise is identical to the one made when an Octopus card is tapped on a reader. The 'dood' sound is generated when the user opens the app and presses the screen ... fare,' one wrote in a review. Octopus Cards said yesterday it had not received any complaints. 'If customers use Octopus for payment, the shopkeepers or bus drivers can confirm whether ...

  7. Asian contactless payment card usage

    Posted Feb 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Indonesia 0 India 0 Hong Kong 100 per cent Mainland 30 per cent Source: Fusion Consulting That's a fact Hong Kong is exploring the potential of linking the Octopus system with health care facilities. More than 11.1 million cards were in circulation as of October, performing 8.7 million transactions daily. In the mainland, more than 60 cities have installed contactless payment-card ...

  8. Octopus ignored warnings on data: lawmaker

    Posted Aug 20th 2010, 12:00am by Amy Nip, Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung and Amy Nip The Octopus card issuer had been warned twice but still went ahead with the sale of cardholders' personal data, according to internal documents seen ... as 2003, a year after Octopus started the data business, the Monetary Authority had advised Octopus Holdings not to obtain a separate insurance intermediary licence for the sale of data ...

  9. Giving to charity with the swipe of a card

    Posted May 27th 2009, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... to donate by swiping their Octopus card or credit card. The device, known as i-Give, is the creation of the public design lab at Polytechnic University. People swipe their card along a reader ... Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products held in Geneva, Switzerland, in April. This year, the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation used 20 portable devices on loan from Octopus to seek ...

  10. NFC-enabled mobile phone applications

    Posted Sep 28th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for an upcoming concert becomes a point-of-sale when the phone is used to pay for tickets. Micro-payments Like the Octopus card, your handset could be used for small purchases at 7-Eleven or wherever card readers are installed. Exchange business cards Use your handset to swap name cards or other data, such as photos or music files. Building access Gain entry to secure areas with your mobile phone. ...




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